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Building Bridges Between the Parole Officer and the Families of Serious Juvenile Offenders: A Preliminary Report on a Family-Based Parole Program

Rhine, Edward E
June 4, 2015

Source: (2003) International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology. 47(3): 291-308.

Responding to a model of juvenile offender case supervision that called for a new intervention paradigm to guide the work of probation and parole officers, the present article reports on the use of a family-based parole initiative known as the Growing Up Fast program. Developed in part as a tool for use within this new intervention paradigm, the Growing Up Fast parole program targets serious youthful offenders who have been released from juvenile correctional facilities and their families. Based on elements contained within the ‘what works’ literature and the Balanced and Restorative Justice model, this program recognizes the central role that field staff can play in rehabilitation efforts. Demographic information and formative data regarding the first set of families to participate in this program are presented, then program limitations and lessons learned as part of the initial offering of this parole initiative are discussed. Author’s abstract.


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